Munster's Dave Kilcoyne set to feature in Cardiff

Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Colm Kinsella, Rugby Correspondent


Munster's Dave Kilcoyne set to feature in Cardiff

Irish international Dave 'Killer' Kilcoyne

IRELAND prop Dave Kilcoyne looks set to get gametime for Munster in Saturday night’s crucial Guinness Pro14 fixture with Cardiff Blues at the Arms Park, 5.30pm.

Kilcoyne picked up a knee injury during Munster's 48-3 victory over Castres Olympique in their Champions Cup tie at Thomond Park last month.

However, the 29-year-old Limerick man has recovered from the injury and is in the running to feature against the Blues in the Welsh capital on Saturday.

Munster are also set to have out-half Ian Keatley and centre Rory Scannell released from Ireland 6 Nations camp for this weekend’s fixture.

Munster report no fresh injury concerns from their bonus point win over Zebre at Thomond Park on Saturday night which saw Johann van Graan’s side cement second place in the Pro14 table.

Dan Goggin and Dave O’Callaghan both made their PRO14 returns after long-term injuries in the game and came through the fixture with no issues. 

Saturday’s game is the second of four Munster will play during the 6 Nations Championship period and head coach van Graan says he is happy with how squad members are grasping their opportunity to impress while the Ireland players are away.

Van Graan said: “We've got big dreams for this team for this year and going forward. We said from day one this is a squad effort and in order for yourself to play in the big games you need to perform in, let's call it the smaller games.

“So this four weeks is all about improving as a side and about guys deserving their opportunities.

“We'll make quite a few changes again for this weekend, use our squad and we've got two Friday games coming up after this one, which will be a short turnaround, so we need our whole squad.

“Guys will go up and down into the Irish squad and this is all preparation for the big games at the end of the season.”

Van Graan visited the Ireland squad in their Carton House base last week ahead of the 6 Nations game with Italy.

He said: “I remember the first time I was in Limerick  I said I would make use of the resources as much as I can and I’ve been trying to do it and meet as much people as I can and it’s nice to spend time with the coaches in their environment and their preparations for a Test match.

”The way the set up works were very good in terms of a squad and the way they train. You can see why they can keep the ball for 40 phases and win with a drop kick. To put 50 points in a Test match you’ve got to do a lot of things well.” concluded Van Graan.